Health and Wellbeing

Met office hosts foster families winter party

messages of thanks written by fostered children

Posted on: 27 January 2020

Fostered children enjoyed a really interesting day with their families at the Met Office, Exeter, this week.

The event was arranged by Devon County Council’s foster carer Deb Whiteway, and funded largely by the Met Office, with Devon County Council.

“We always plan a party for the early new year, just as an opportunity for all of the Fostering Devon families to get together and catch up”, says Deb.

“It’s always a good laugh, and it’s great for the children and parents to meet up with others.

“This time, the Met Office were extremely happy to host us, and they laid on a real treat for us all.

“They’d arranged a number of brilliant activities for us, including a chance to have a go with the green-screen, weather-presenting technology, which was a lot of fun and really interesting!

“We also got creative with the Double Elephant Print Workshop, a local business, which the children enjoyed immensely.  We all had a go at screen printing using leaves fabric and felt. The ink was spread over the sheet of tin, leaves and things added then rolled through a press leaving the imprint on a piece of card, which we could bring home.”

45 people – children and their families – attended the party.

“The Met Office couldn’t do enough to support it,” says Deb.

“It was a delightfully informative and interesting visit, and we all really enjoyed it – from our youngest member, aged 4, right up to adult foster carers.

“Our hosts really put so much effort and thought into the event, which really paid off.”

Photo of Councillor James McInnesCouncillor James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Fostering Devon, said:

“It’s great for our families to get together like this.  They’re always relaxed events, and it provides great opportunity for people, who share similar experiences, to catch up socially.  It’s important, and it’s appreciated by the foster parents and the children.  This year’s visit to the Met Office went really well.  Thanks to them and to the amazing Double Elephant Print Workshop for their help and involvement.  I’m delighted everyone enjoyed it.”

Felicity Liggins Met Office Education Outreach Manager said:

“We were really pleased to be able host this party.  Staff from all over the Met Office volunteered their time on a Saturday morning to help out, sharing their passion for all-things weather and climate with the foster parents and their children. Events like this are central to our Education Outreach programme, and it was a joy to meet families from all over the county for some Met Office-themed fun.”

For anyone interested in finding out more about fostering for Devon, please visit or give us a call on 0345 155 1077.

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